External Expert Panel

Updated 04/12/2023

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Among the responsibilities of the External Expert Panel (EEP), foremost is safeguarding the interests and confidentiality of study participants, and ensuring their data use limitations are respected.

The EEP is asked to make recommendations, as appropriate, to the NHLBI about:

  • Strategies to bring together genomic and other omic characterizations in large numbers of subjects to drive biological insights;
  • Methods to integrate omic data which may provide a multi-dimensional biological view of the disease pathogenesis;
  • Other extant NIH or public resources that could be integrated or leveraged to extend the value or power of the TOPMed study;
  • The design and choice of follow up functional studies to elucidate important observations from association analysis;
  • Strategic partnerships to realize advances toward the goals of precision medicine;
  • ELSI issues such as return of results to study subjects from this research effort;
  • Provide feedback on gaps and / or weaknesses in current program strategies.

External Expert Panel

Please send updates to topmed-admin@westat.com. Thank you.

Name Role Administrative Support
Garcia, Joe G.N. Vice President for UF Health Research; Herbert A. Wertheim Professor of Inflammation Science; Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine Rebecca Nunn
Gaziano, J. Michael Director of Science, Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology Research and Information Center Leslie Power
Kittles, Rick Senior Vice President for Research Danyelle Washington
Ritchie, Marylyn Professor of Genetics; Director, Institute for Biomedical Informatics; Director, Division of Informatics; Co-Director, Penn Medicine BioBank; Vice President for Research Informatics, UPHS Margareth Tanjutco
Rotimi, Charles NIH Distinguished Investigator and Chief Shirley Freeman
Subramaniam, Shankar Joan and Irwin Jacobs Endowed Chair in Bioengineering and Systems Biology Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and NanoEngineering Kaitlyn Clark
Wonkam, Ambroise Director, McKusick-Nathans Institute, and Professor of Genetic Medicine Alliyia Ingram